A few ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of art of darts


Just like many other sports, dart players can be a bit critical about the events happening around them.

A golfer can’t concentrate on a putt if someone speaks softly to someone 40 feet away, and yet a baseball player may play better with 40,000 screaming fans yelling in the background.

Some dart players have difficulty concentrating on the shot if the chalker (scorekeeper) is looking at them or moving around at the board.

So, to set the right playing conditions, the league has established some basic rules for players and the chalker and these have been copied onto the back of the Milton-Freewater Darts Association league schedule for all players.

“Dos” and “Don’ts” of Scoring

  1. The scorekeeper should always face the chalk board with his/her head slightly turned toward the dart board. Stand slightly off to the side of the chalkboard so the players can see the remaining score. Be careful not to back up into the playing area of the adjacent board.

  2. Unless the shooter requests a check of the number hit, the scorekeeper should never put his/her head in front of the dart board to check the score until all three darts have been thrown. Before moving toward the board, look back at the shooter to be sure it was his request.

  3. NEVER report what score has been made, or what is left, unless requested to do so by the shooter.

  4. Always check the score with the shooter BEFORE any darts are pulled from the dart board. If a shooter pulls out his/her darts before the score has been confirmed, request that they be left until the score has been confirmed. If after one or two warnings a shooter persists, then the score will not count and that shooter loses his/her turn — dependent on MFDA Rules.

  5. The scorekeeper is not allowed to tell the shooter what to go for, whether the shooter is a teammate or not. Exception: Doubles scoring their own game.

  6. Above all, do not move around, wave hands or arms, or make sudden movements while a shooter is throwing his/her darts. The slightest movement is distracting to most players. Do not drink or smoke at the chalkboard as these may also be distracting to the shooter.

  7. Scorekeepers shall not change the side of the chalkboard for a player in three leg matches. If you start a player on the left side of the chalk board, continue to keep his score on the left — regardless of who wins the next bull.

  8. Mark the scoreboard so that the scores made are listed in the OUTER columns of the scoreboard and the totals remaining are listed in the two middle columns. Slash all numbers except current balance.

For all players

Shooter PLEASE be ready to shoot when it’s your turn.

Shooter PLEASE don’t pull your darts out of the board until you and the chalker agree on the total.

Chalker PLEASE don’t tell the score remaining unless asked for by the Shooter.

Shooter (or other team members) PLEASE don’t shout at the scorekeeper. Wait until between shooters and make any corrections before the next player shoots.

Shooter (or other team members) PLEASE don’t offer shot combinations unless asked for by the shooter.

Shooter (or other team members) PLEASE don’t show signs of disgust or excitement while a member is shooting.

Robby Robbins is Statistician for the Milton-Freewater Darts Association 2012-13 Executive Board. He’ll write an occasional column on the game of darts and his experiences with darts for the Union-Bulletin.

For more information on the Milton-Freewater Darts Association, see website http://home.valint.net/robby/MFDarts/.


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